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Help in Identifying Instrument

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I recently purchased an old bowl-back mandolin. I found an exact replica on Reverb, leading me to believe it is an American Conservatory mandolin. There are no markings anywhere on the instrument. I took it to my luthier and he insisted it is a greek bouzuki and put bouzuki strings on it (D'Addario - nickel-plated steel) and tuned it to CFAD.

I still feel that it is an American Conservatory mandolin, based upon reviewing differences between the two instruments. I am a beginner in the mandolin world, and have always wanted a bowl back; even though I understand they are difficult to play and learn. (I do play guitar and ukelele).

Any help in identifying the instrument and how to tune it properly would be appreciated.Click image for larger version. 

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